Judge tells sex offender: 'Stop acting like a spoilt school boy'
A judge this morning told a convicted Hamilton child molester attempting to avoid having his photo taken to "stop acting like a spoilt schoolboy".
Christopher Ian Crause made a second appearance in Hamilton District Court after being remanded in custody overnight.
Crause, 48, had been on the run from police for more than a year after being found guilty at trial of multiple sex offences against young girls.
During yesterday's appearance he held a hand up throughout proceedings in order to prevent his picture being taken.
Judge David Ruth again granted the Waikato Times permission to take photos but Crause held a piece of paper up to cover his face.
Judge Ruth told Crause to put his hands down, which he ignored, before Judge Ruth again told Crause to put his hands down.
Crause then turned around - with his back to the judge - when Judge Ruth told him to face the front.
"Behave yourself, Mr Crause, you're in enough trouble as it is without acting like a spoilt schoolboy. Do you understand?" Judge Ruth said.
"No," Crause replied.
"Well your lawyer will explain it for you," the judge said.
Crause did not make a bail application today and Judge Ruth remanded him in custody for three weeks to contemplate his plea on three new charges of falsifying a passport, using a false passport and perverting the course of justice.
Crause will be sentenced in October.
Three police officers escorted Crause on his trip back from Botswana, Africa, where the 48-year-old was detained for entering the country on a fraudulent passport. He was arrested on landing at Auckland International Airport at 11.30am last Friday.
In March 2012 Crause was found guilty in the Hamilton District Court of four counts of sexual connection with a minor, four counts of indecent acts with a minor, and two charges of supplying cannabis to a person under 18.
Following his conviction Crause was granted bail but Detective Senior Sergeant Steven Dunn, from New Zealand Police Interpol Wellington, said Crause left New Zealand while awaiting sentencing.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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